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Video of the Avantador cruising down a straightaway...

September 22 2011 at 8:41 PM
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"The car said I was doing 264kph down that stretch...but we all know how optimistic street car speedos are..."


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An empty track...

September 27 2011, 8:29 PM 

Now that looks like a day for the memory-banks. How many cars were there and how many were circulating at one time? Just the two? Sepang looks pretty much empty. The joy of being let loose in a car for an almost solitary session...glorious.

To be churlish though, this is why I love bikes.
A GP125 with 1/52th the capacity (yet only 1/13th the power..) and a top speed around 50kph lower can match lap times with the likes of an Aventador...

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There were 6 cars on the track at any one time, max...

September 30 2011, 2:35 AM 


The skill levels and experience of the drivers let loose were pretty wide ranging, so Lamborghini did it conservatively and safely (and correctly, in my humble opinion)

3 Avantadors (which were totally brand spanking new, holy cow!) plus 4 (or 6?) Gallardos - the Gallardos were driven by "pro shoes" while the Avantadors were driven by ...well, the likes of me!


So the Gallardos were both lead and "cap" cars to keep us from getting too carried away (or being too prim and proper...)

It was interesting to see the Gallardos "wagging their tails" (fishtailing) while the Avantadors remained completely firmly planted...I'm sure there were some sweaty moments in those "pro" seats with the Avantadors bearing down on them...

Actually, the most disconcerting and "scarey" moments in the Avantadors were when the electronic nannies kicked in and you were expecting one thing and the electronic overlords same down on you and said no, you will experience this instead and "KaChunk" or "Thump"

Be as churlish as you like, my friend, but in a fast corner I'll take 4 wheels any way of the week. I'm not yet suicidal...


That being said, I've recently started re-connecting to that great open feeling of freedom of not having a steel (or carbon) cage around me while having the wind rush past me...it really does put your nerves and synapses on high alert and wakes you up. In my humble opinion, riding a bike also makes one a better driver, much more sensitive and noticing many things one misses in a sealed car cabin...soon I'll be experiencing an open wheel (done that before) vehicle in an open cockpit (that too, but never both together) and I wonder how that merges riding a bike vs a high powered supercar...

"The secret to success in life
is to keep believing in the possible,
but to focus your energies on the probable."

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Even more jealous.

October 2 2011, 11:19 PM 

What's nice on a new track is having someone you have faith in to follow around for a lap or two. Makes getting your eye in and understanding the lines waaay easier. And the rest of the time a lot more enjoyable. Particularly when you have limited time. The guys I used to race with (*much* faster than me) used to let me tag onto them during practice so I'd be able to use the whole 15min session somewhat productively.

I definitely know what you mean when the ESP etc jumps in. Like the first time I drove an ABS car on a track...the thunk and pulsing pedal made me jump out of my skin. Especially when you're so alert and primed up and didn't think you'd hit the pedal that hard. Same goes for engaging ESP...until I got used to the noises and vehicle reaction (which is generally benign), I'd get a massive adrenaline jolt thinking I'd just broken something on the car...

For me, bikes are definitely more fun. But they're also a lot of work to prepare and a GP125 is anything but turnkey. The tech side of it is fun - jetting, gearing, suspension - but also a lot of commitment and time before you can even get on track. As for the injury side...well, it's always there, but I'm old and slow now...
And as for cars, the last tracktime was in a 50year old, no-rollcage convertible with as much rubber on all 4 corners as the Avandator would have on one...a different kind of fun. Circumspect fun.

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